I am a Butterfly

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I am a butterfly, my heart on my wings

I follow my heart, hear the wind as it sings.

Be my friend, know my love and you will find

no better kindness , in sight or mind.

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I will cling to your sleeve take me where you will.

Yet,  be gentile please as my thoughts I spill.

You can learn from my travels, ere the wind doth blow.

If you will but listen my knowledge you’ll know.

I am a butterfly, tell me what you will know.

Or I’ll follow the wind, and you can watch as I go.

I am not a poet but I wanna learn. I love the artists’ life, and taking part in this blogging experience has opened new worlds. Please be kind.  🙂  I am open to suggestion

This painting is a flip cup pour on an album with blown flowers. After it dried I applied skins that were cut in the shapes of butterfly wings, then added the body. I hope to apply clock works. and she will be available for purchase if anyone has interest.

Hope you enjoy!  Comments are encouraged.

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Fallen Leaves

I love fall, my birthday is in November and I sometimes feel a spiritual connection to the season.                            Autumn….  The years last, loveliest smile.    William Cullen Bryant.

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I enjoyed the process of this painting, developing in layers. Look closely to see all the little details. I love the feeling of abstract reality.  There are several Acrylic Pour techniques applied to bring it all together. If you are a fan of the process, please leave a comment. I have hopes to set up some tutorials within my blog in the future.

My post yesterday gave me some frustration. I think I waited just a little too late to post. I was on the phone with my daughter and she said I sounded really tired. She thought maybe I should wait to post till today. But I am addicted to blogging and went ahead and posted.  So many things went wrong and I didn’t find them till this morning.  It took a little while to repair my damage but I think its better today. Thank you for sticking around for more.

I welcome any suggestions for future paintings. Love the challenge of seeing if I can create my own version of the world around me with the pouring process.

 

Fluid Fire as Promised

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Its that time of year again. I love fall. Lets invite our friends and enjoy the cool nights around a nice warm bonfire. In my first blog I had posted a fire painting with the  promise of more to come. Well, here she is, I had painted this fire around the same time as the previous painting.  But it felt like it was missing something. Then the chill came and I thought, wouldn’t a bonfire be nice.  I was excited about the 3 dimensional feeling the straw blowing and swiping creates.  The painting even looks different at all angles.

I am totally ecstatic  about all the fun ways this fluid mix of paints can be manipulated.  And then when you embellish with a second pour, amazing things can happen. I don’t know about you but this painting has me wanting “smore” 🙂

When I first started blogging I started with a free site. Which is still active but I no longer post my paintings there. I may transfer some of the pages to this site. If I can just figure out how.  Oh the perils of the new blogger.  One of the pages in my first blog was my first attempt at blowing fire with the acrylic pour medium.

For those interested in my process please leave a comment/ request for a descriptive post or tutorial. I really love the way this process made the flames feel real and 3 dimensional.  I don’t know about you but this painting leaves me longing for “Smore”  🙂

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Well Good Morning, So much for late night blogging. Or in this case, ( kitty company while blogging) is not the smartest move in the world. Why? you ask.  I was so excited about this post that even though I was over tired,  just had to get my blog on for the day. One which had been really full, with lots of running around.  And applying finishing touches to my painting. Squeezing the life out of my day. So that when it came time to post ….. (drum roll please).  I didn’t notice that Piper, my cuddle kitten had sat on the enter button. AAAAAA….. and pushed the bottom of my blog into nonexistence.  What did this do to the post? Made it look like a bottomless pit. And the bottom is where the goodies are. The spot where you my awesome readers get the chance to tell me what you think. Call me vain but this is what I live for. So again please comment below if you have any questions.

So If you didn’t get the chance to comment before please take the time to do so now. I hope you enjoyed sitting by the bonfire with me. If you are interested in a chance for me to explain my process of how this beauty was created. Please Comment Below. Thanks so much for taking the time to join me.

You Otter see this Cutie

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When I first started acrylic pouring someone showed me how to do the “tree ring” pour. I had to try one for myself and this was my results. It was kinda plain for my liking, but I just didn’t know what to put  on it.   I was thinking about painting a fish or a turtle but I felt like they had been over done.  So I kept looking for animals in the water and this sweet little otter cried out to be painted.

I have always loved painting animals but was kinda fearful of trying to paint on top of my pour. Thankfully I have been following a group of amazing artists  on Facebook, and with much encouragement I felt more confident in my approach.  This little guy just wanted to be painted.  Now I cant wait to embellish some more. And believe me there are more. Acrylic pouring is sort of addictive, you can’t get enough.

One hint I was thankful to learn is, if you want to paint on top of your acrylics you can apply a protective coating which will keep the under painting from washing away when you paint your embellishment.

Hope you enjoy this little guy. I sure enjoyed painting him and cant wait to try more.

Video Tutorials on Youtube

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The fluid painting process is so much fun. I get really excited just seeing how the paints will perform. It is a gift to be able to share my experience with those who have interest in the medium. This process to me opens many possibilities. It is my goal to use the premixed paints and create more than just chance results. So far we are seeing many who have taken acrylic pouring as a new trend to play with paint. I have seen many beautiful paintings.  But I am confident that there are many more creations that can be made using this awesome paint formula.

In this painting I have combined several techniques, but I feel it is only the tip of the iceberg. I have done swipe paintings that keep the exciting “cells” created in a pour. Giving a unique abstract feel to the final art work.

If you love this new process as I do please take the time to follow this link to my youtube channel  “Straw Blown Field of Flowers”  and see the processes I  used to get these results.

Comment below if you have any questions or would like more tutorials in the future.

 

Art is my Happy Place

We need to feel our own happy experience. Allow the stress to be on the back burner. Enjoy the freedom of not being in control. This form of painting has allowed that for me. I hope you will follow along with me and maybe find your freedom. Allow yourself to let go and see what will happen.

It is the weekend here and now for me. So I’m gonna make this a quick post, an encouragement to all Be HAPPY!

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New Flower Breed

Acrylic Pours Filled with Secrets

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This painting was created in two sessions. The background first ( flip cup acrylic pour), and the foreground trees second. I was inspired by the snow swirl effect in the background, that makes me think of a mythical creature. Almost ominous, or protective spirit, you decide.

One of the things that attracted me to the acrylic pouring experience was how much the paints speak, revealing little secrets. There are many different approaches to the process  each with results that almost always impress me with hidden images. For the trees in the foreground of this painting I used a straw blowing technique, which I explain in the Youtube link.  For the trees I used: a dark and light blue, dark and light green and the white. Dripping small puddles of paint together and gently blowing with a straw to create pine tree branch shapes with snow on them. A little manipulation of the paint to move it in the direction I felt looked like a tree. Finally I dripped some white and a little blue to make the snow in the foreground, then spread it gently with a pallet knife. I will be adding some blog posts in the future that will have steps with photos to guide through the acrylic pouring process. Please take the time to comment and let me know what you would like to know about how its done.

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Another pour that I saw so many images in, and so appropriate to the season. This is a set of 4 coasters painted on 4×4 tiles. The background is a solid green then using a flip and drag technique on top with Purple, yellow and orange as the cup colors. I see a ghost in the third tile from the left and a pumpkin in a field in the first,  many other little ghostly images all around crying Happy Halloween. Can you see what I see.
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“Dueling Dragons”. These dragons just appeared  like magic with a flip  and drag of my cup of colors.

A Dragon image magically  appeared with this flip cup. The paint process just amazes me. Can you see the smiling dragon. The images just appear before your eyes. I like to call it my magic painting experience. There will not always be animals or spirits appearing before you eyes. But most definitely there will be some excitement that makes it worth your invested time.

The mixture, if you would like to try for yourself is; 1 part craft style acrylic paint to 2 parts fluid medium ( Floetrol, School glue or other acrylic medium). If you are using a thicker tube type you will need a 3 to 1 ratio. So when the paint is stirred it flows off the stick like honey, piling like wet sand when it settles .